Chapter Eight


*Nick's POV*

During the whole concert, I was in an awesome mood, so I played my hardest for Liz. Joe and Kevin picked up my vibe and the encore was so emotional I wasn't sure no one didn't have any tears in their eyes.

Finally, we got back to the tour bus, where I heard the recording piano being played. It was my song, but Liz got the chords down:

"Got the news today, but they said I had to stay

A little bit longer and I'll be fine.

When I thought it'd all been done, when I thought it'd all been said

A little bit longer and I'll be fine.

But you don't know what you've got until it's gone

And you don't know what it's like to feel so, low

And every time you smile or laugh you glow

You don't even know, no, no

You don't even know."

As Liz played and sang my song beautifully, she added a last verse to the song I didn't even think of:

"So I'll wait till kingdom come, all the highs and lows are gone

A little bit longer, and I'll be fine.

I'll be...fine."

As she held the last note, Joe Kevin, my parents, Frankie and myself all clapped and cheered for her. She spun around, not realizing we were listening. Her cheeks were red as strawberries.

"Honey, that was wonderful! Did you write that?" my mom exclaims. Liz replies, "I arranged the chords and did write that last verse, but Nick," hooking my arm, "wrote the rest of it." My dad turns to me, surprised. "You didn't tell me about this song? Why?" he asked. I shook my head. "I was going to tell you right after I had the arrangement done, but I gave Liz the honor of doing it. I didn't realize she would be able to do it so well, so soon." I explain.

"However, this is still Nick's song. I really had no part in this," Liz interrupts. Joe and Kevin bear hug her, saying at the same time, "No, you wrote it too!" They laugh at their in sync comment, then shuffle Liz into the recording area of the bus, wanting to see how it would sound on the other instruments.

My dad pulls me over to his bedroom. "Nick, this is phenomenal that Liz can write so well, and that we have her....tagging along with us. I know you have feelings for her too Nick, don't lie," my dad lectures me, looking at my surprised look. "However, as your father and your manager, you need to tell me these things, girls and song ideas, alright? I'm fine with both of these, don't worry. Now go do your chore night and off to bed; it's 10 already." I walk off, going through my list of chores since it's mine glorious night to be the macho maid. Good thing we have a free day of riding tomorrow, I think to myself as I grab my water bottle.


Midnight

As I start climbing into my bunk, Liz pops her head out from behind her privacy curtain. "Couldn't sleep?" I ask. She shakes her head. I give her my sympathetic smile and kiss her for a few moments. As I hold her, rubbing her back, she falls asleep in my arms. I smile and gently lay her down on her bed, wipe her hair out of her face, and kiss her forehead. I climb into my own bed and press a button, instantly opening the roof window that's above mine and Kevin's bunks. I'm SO glad I won that rock paper scissors game of who got top bunks, I ponder to myself. I smile and start whisper singing the song Liz and I wrote together.

"A little bit longer, and I'll be fine."

As my last thought to myself as I fall off to sleep, I ponder, Truth is, I feel as if I'm the most happiest guy in the world. Who's suddenly very thirsty...